Category Archives: technical textiles

Jason Mills And The IFAI Expo

Last month the annual Industrial Fabrics Expo was held in Anaheim, California. Over 400 exhibitors, including Jason Mills, LLC were present, as were many thousands of attendees. Most of the attendees were serious about seeking out information and suppliers for the current year. Over the last 5 – 7 years we have seen the quality of the buyer improve and engagement usually kept at a serious level. Truth be told, we still had those running from booth to booth looking for your best price.

Those that stopped by our booth saw not only our 50+ standard knit industrial textiles, including our 20-30 stock items, but also development fabrics such as our style 413 for the outdoor trade (UV, water and fire resistant), style 501 for the indoor golf and simulator trade (finely knit for ultra HD imagery and fire resistant), as well as our two layer style 280 exclusively for healthcare industry (fire resistant, ultra load bearing and incredible liquid management).

It is true that exhibiting at trade shows is a costly endeavor, but the takeaway is that there is not any other venue in which you can come face to face with 80-100 potential new customers in a three day period. Along with print advertising, social media and a dynamic website, the trade show is a pillar of any growing company’s marketing plan.

This year’s venue, being on the west coast allowed regional visitors who might not normally make the trip to the familiar textile stomping grounds in the east; we’ll save that for Charlotte in 2016.

In the meantime, please visit our website at www.jasonmills.com or send us an email to info@jasonmills.com. Remember, all of Jason Mills’ products are knit, dyed and finished in the U.S.A.

Jason Mills Announces 2015 IFAI Expo Attendance

All the biggest names in the specialty fabrics and advanced textiles industry know that attending the annual IFAI Expo is a must. As you might expect, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation for IFAI 2015 here at Jason Mills. This year’s edition of the influential tradeshow will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA and run from October 6-8. The organizers of IFAI Expo 2015 are predicting a highlight filled-show that will include more than 400 exhibitors, a keynote speech from the inspirational blind adventurer, Erik Weihenmayer, exclusive floor features, educational events, IFF golf tournament, and more.

If you plan on attending the 2015 IFAI Expo, please set aside time to drop by and speak with the team from Jason Mills at booth #458. We are thrilled to be showcasing two of our newest styles. We’ll have Jason Mills style 413, our newest screening product for outdoor screening and tent applications. This mesh has been designed to have an aperture that is small enough to be considered no-see-um, which helps to prevent even tick nymphs from getting through while still allowing for air flow.

We will also have our Jason Mills style 501 on display. This fabric is made for golf simulator screens and was designed to show clear, crisp images on the screen with minimal bounce and low noise.

We encourage all of the expo attendees to stop by our booth to learn more about these fabrics firsthand. We can also provide customers who wish to attend the IFAI Expo with passes, so please contact us directly. Additionally, we post more company news on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Textile Industry Growth, Opportunities and Issues

Earlier this year we discussed the continued growth of the technical textile industry. Technological advances in areas such as nano textiles and carbon fibers are two such examples of how technology can open opportunities and advance the expansion of the industry as a whole.

The National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO) Chairman Jeff Price recently discussed some of the issues that will be explored in 2015. This includes pending international trade agreements  such as the Transpacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The group will also be working on industry expansion, new markets, and new products. The feeling is that as the industry continues to expand through the application of US developed and manufactured fibers and textiles we will have a stronger voice to help mold these agreements in a positive fashion.

At Jason Mills we’re optimistic that we’ll continue to see growth throughout the year. Like the NTCO we take a keen awareness in seeing that our interests are voiced as various hot button issues move forward.

As far as product development goes, we’ve been focusing particularly on researching new and innovative textiles such as aluminized composites. Standard nonwovens are traditionally used in industries such as housing construction as they are lightweight and inexpensive. However, adjust the product so that a standard non woven becomes a water impermeable composite (yet retaining its vapor permeability), then you have a potential for a game changing result. We are also researching inherently antimicrobial yarns and possible non-traditional applications for these textiles.

To learn more about Jason Mills and all the technical textiles we offer, visit our website. We also post more textile industry news on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Jason Mills Exhibits New Netting at Techtextil North America

At Jason Mills we’re busy gearing up for Techtextil North America! This year the expo will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX from June 2-4,2015. The conference brings together professionals in the technical textiles and nonwovens industry and allows for attendees to meet with exhibitors and attend the Techtextil North America Symposium, which will address market developments, technological information, new processes and products, and industry trends. Jason Mills has exhibited at the technical textiles expo in the past and this year we will be bringing our newest product to show attendees.

Find Jason Mills at booth #1816 to see our Jason Mills 413, our newest screening product for the outdoor retailing industry. This mesh has been specially designed to have an aperture that is small enough to be considered a no-see-um mesh, which can prevent mosquitos and ticks from penetrating but is also so small it can keep out tick nymphs while still allowing for air ventilation. This mesh also has additional value added qualities such as being fire, UV, and water resistant. This product can be used in applications such as tent windows, sleeping bags, light diffusion, and more. There is truly no other screening product like it on the market.

To see Jason Mills 413 and our other technical textiles visit our booth. To preview our selection, visit our website and be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn for more company updates.

Textile Manufacturing Returning to the US

A recent Textile World article finds that the US textile and apparel industries are expecting improvement and growth in 2015. This economic improvement is due to several factors, including reshoring efforts, a rising cost of doing business overseas, mills having more capital spending, and rising profits. Innovation also plays a large factor and the article mentions that the textile industry is continually working on creating better performing products. Technical textiles are now being applied to many new niche areas, (we’ve even touched on some of the medical textile innovations in a past blog post).

Innovation should play an even larger role as the US government recently announced its textile innovation competition. The program, led by the Department of Defense, will use $500 million in public-private investment to help strengthen US manufacturing by investing in new technologies for textiles. The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute will serve as a hub for companies, universities, and other academic and training institutions to conduct research and development on new manufacturing technologies.

At Jason Mills we manufacture an array of technical textiles for use in everything from the medical sector to the outdoor retailing trade. To learn more about all our textiles, visit our website. We are also active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Jason Mills Unveils New Fabric for Golf Simulators Screens

When it comes to golf simulators the impact screen fabric plays a critical role in the quality and performance of the unit as a whole. Although the electronic components in the simulator play a vital role in projecting the image, the image quality will only be as good as the screen it is projected on. Investing in a high-quality fabric will ensure that the screen won’t break apart and will display a high-quality image that looks like the actual fairway.

At Jason Mills we offer fabric that is ideal for everyday use and now we’re preparing to debut our new high-end fabric. Jason Mills Style 501 will show incredible HD/Blu-ray quality images.  The new addition is 120 inches wide, stocked in white, fire-resistant, impact-resistant, and displays beautiful imagery. The screen fabric also has minimal bounce back and low noise which makes it ideal for use in indoor golf facilities.

This new fabric style is by far one of the best options for impact screens for the golf simulator industry and we encourage golf industry professionals to visit our website to learn more. We are also active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ where we post more technical textile news and company updates.

Technical Textiles Expect Continued Growth

At Jason Mills we’re always excited to come across positive industry news and share it with our readers. Recently, we read in Textile World that technical textiles continue to see growth. Technical textiles, like the ones we manufacture, can be used across a variety of industries, including automotive, medical, personal safety, and sanitation supply; using finishes such as anti microbial, fire resistance and ultra violet resistance. With such a range of applications it’s no surprise to us that this sector of the textile industry is one of the main areas of growth for the western hemisphere.

According to research from the Gherzi Textile Organisation 25% of fibers were used in technical textiles in the 1990s and today that number is over 55% and the use of textiles in industrial applications is only expected to go up. The research also found that from 1990-2012 fiber processing moved more towards technical textiles with the number of man-made fibers increasing from 68% to 91%.

Our company specializes in the sourcing, manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution of polyester and nylon knit mesh fabrics for industrial use. To find out more about our products and services and how we can help provide technical textiles for your application, visit our website. We also actively post about the textile industry on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Fabrics for Outdoor Sporting Products FAQs

Jason Mills, LLC offers a variety of technical and commodity textiles that can be used across a wide array of applications. The nature of fabrics as technical products usually leads to questions of end use and production processes.  So we wanted to take a moment to address some of the frequently asked questions we receive.  With summer upon us we thought we’d start with outdoor sporting products.

There are two questions we frequently encounter when it comes to outdoor sporting goods: What is UV resistance and what is fire resistance? Oftentimes when people think of UV or ultraviolet protection they think of protecting the skin, however in the textile industry UV resistance refers to protecting the fabric from fading or weakening.

Once a customer has established that they truly want UV resistance, the level of UV resistance must be decided. Most polyester fabrics can be certified with minimal fade through 20-40 hours without having to add an enhancer to the finishing mix. However, if a customer wants beyond 40 hours we would need to add a UV inhibitor to the finishing or dye mix. For customers who require 200 hours to 2,000 hours of UV resistance we must choose a yarn that is inherently UV resistant. (In the outdoor industry it is very rare to have requests of that nature. Usually a request for that many hours comes from the automotive or aeronautical sectors.)

Similarly, a request simply for fire resistant fabric is too generic. We need to know what the application and end use will be to ensure the correct FR level is chosen. In many cases for the outdoor industry the fire resistance standard is CPAI 84 Original State, (standard spec for tenting and camping equipment) which means we are testing the fire resistance of the fabric as though it is being taken out of the box for the first time.

Bottom line is that customer’s need to know and be willing to share end use information so that we can truly fill the role of supplier-partner; camping, outdoor protection apparel, regional wear (fabric destined for Arizona will fade quicker than Minnesota), bicycle accessories are just a few of the end uses and issues that are popularly considered.

These are just a couple of the questions we encounter, for more information about our fabrics, visit our website or if you have more questions fill out a request for information.

Jason Mills Announces Its Attendance at Techtextil North America

Jason Mills is excited to announce that we’ll be showcasing our product line at this year’s Techtextil North America. The show is dedicated to technical textiles and nonwovens, covering industries as diverse as agriculture, home furnishings and sports equipment. This year’s show will be held from May 13th – 15th at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, GA.

We’ll be located at booth #1918 and featuring some of our latest products for the automotive, medical, and safety apparel industries. For the automotive industry, we’ll introduce Jason Mills’s style 415. This is a shade screen material that is fire resistant and highly resistant to UV fading and degradation. With exposure ratings of over 2,000 hours this material is ideally suited for vehicle interiors.

Additionally, we have two new styles for the healthcare materials industry designed for excessive load bearing to be used in patient slings.

Also in development are enhancements to our cut resistant line. Designed for the safety apparel industry these fabrics are being designed to meet ANSI level 4 standards.

To see all the items we’ll be showing stop by our booth and for those who’d like to attend for free follow this link. And be sure to follow Jason Mills on Twitter as we tweet about the show using the #TechtextilNorthAmerica. To attend the show for free, register here.

TECHTEXTIL: Exploring Technical Textiles in Spring 2013

While technical textiles may not be a topic that’s top of mind for all right now, with spring breaks approaching for many, the topic is integral in the measures taken to ensure traveler safety. From our vehicles’ airbags; to the fire-resistant mesh seat pockets for safety literature we find on planes; to the hotel drapes, those polyester and nylon knit textiles are carefully selected to meet federal motor vehicle and aviation requirements and industry specifications. Although these are details that we at Jason Mills are invested in year-round, we’re particularly interested now with this year’s North America edition of TECHTEXTIL coming up next week.

We’ll actually be welcoming in the spring season at this unique event from March 19-21, held in Anaheim, CA for the first time. TECHTEXTIL shows bring together all aspects of the global technical textile and nonwovens industry, including R&D, raw materials, production processes, and even recycling. As a U.S. manufacturer of technical mesh for a range of end uses, this is a promising opportunity for us to learn about new technologies and products from fellow exhibitors, presentations, and Q&A sessions. Our materials continue to make their way into the finished work of major aerospace manufacturers, top automakers, and leaders in the healthcare industry, so we take every effort to stay at the cutting-edge of the textile industry.

We understand and fully meet fire resistant codes and technical regulations, including FAR 25.853 and FMV SS302, but we also are eager to stay connected with the industries we serve to ensure our quality standards are unmatched; we’ll be at Booth #412 (and can always be contacted via our website) to discuss specialty, safety knits and mesh for your commercial or institutional application.